I may be a bit late to the party, but I’m comforting myself with the fact that the first UEFA Champions League semifinal is still a few hours away from kick-off (Visca el Barça!).
If you’re into football and plan to watch one or both matches tonight, and you carry around an iOS device, you might be interested in installing Vubooo, a terribly named but otherwise refreshing, free ‘second-screen’ app that does things a little bit differently.
The app, which you can download here, aims to bring together fans within a virtual stadium and interact with each other in real-time without using much text, but mostly visually.
Users can guess the end score of matches, shout things at one another, indicate that the referee should draw a card, express their excitement about a play or a goal, and much more, in an easily understandable visual manner.
Many millions of people will be watching FC Barcelona take on Bayern Munich in the latter’s Allianz Arena from their homes tonight, and Vubooo basically wants to ensure that they, too, have a chance to share their emotions with their fellow supporters (for either team).
Coincidentally, Vubooo was founded in 2010 by two FC Barcelona fans, namely Itav Topaz, ex-project leader at Bitband (now a Google company) and longtime mobile app developer Alon Har-Tal.
The privately-held startup has raised $1 million in seed funding, and is debuting the iOS app today just in time for this year’s first UEFA Champions League semi-final to start.
Download it and let us know if it’s a hit or miss in your opinion.
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